Friday, March 3, 2006

Mr. Hyde Shows Again

(FortCollins-CO) The Denver Nuggets are becoming victims of schizophrenic play at an alarming rate. Only scoring 78 points, 22% fewer than your accustomed to, is going to make getting a win in the NBA extremely tough. Especially, when you give up a hundred points night-in and night-out. Denver has now lost to the team with the worst home record in the league and a team that they have beaten twice already this year in one dismal showing. They have also beaten the three best teams, by record, in the league. So what gives with the 89-78 loss to Houston? That is the question I should be provoking and hopefully will attempt to solve by the end of this posting (as if it is that easy…)

The only Nugget to play effectively tonight was Carmelo Anthony. The young superstar notched 34 points, four rebounds, and four steals. It was obvious that all the other Nuggets were experiencing a touch of Mr. Hyde for whatever reason. Kenyon only scored five while squeezing six. Rueben Patterson contributed immense amounts of effort, but didn’t put up numbers where it all adds up. He ended the game by only scoring six points but pulled down five offensive rebounds, many on his own drives to the basket.

The bench only contributed 15 points, which could be the result of the shuffling act placed upon George Karl. The proper players are going to take some time to calibrate. Who is going to develop chemistry with who is also going to be a maturation process. The only thing that the Nuggets have in their favor, as far as personnel is concerned, is the starting five. There is so much to be answered, and only time will tell.

The one person that has to find immediately remedy to this bipolar disorder is Andre Miller. The most unsung hero of this team is also quite possibly the grease that makes the Nugget engine run. Tonight Andre only handed out three dimes while turning it over twice as much. This is indication that the Nuggets never got the fast break kick started. In retrospective, it is becoming increasingly more clear to the why the Nuggets lost this game.

Andre may be the most clear individual to point the finger at for this game, but let me suggest that the problem tonight is much more complex than that. I am going to say that the problem isn’t much of a problem at all, but merely an issue that has been plaguing the Nuggets in the majority of their losses this season. I feel that what is ailing the Nugget’s is reserve chemistry, and this is a direct result of the inconsistent bench personnel that sees playing time on too consistent of a basis.

The Nuggets need to find a reliable seven to nine players and give them consistent playing time. The questioning of who is going to be in the game during the stretches where players earn their paychecks needs to come to an end. The cream needs to rise of the top, of the bench that is. The guys that are going to give this team everything they got in the minutes they are counted on for need to surface and stay right on the hip of George Karl when the starters need a blow.

Orlando is going to be ready to play when they show up tomorrow night. They are without Steve Francis and are going to let it all hang out. The front line of the Denver Nuggets is going to have their hands full with the league’s leading glass cleaner and youngest emerging superstar in Dwight Howard. The Nugget bench needs to answer the call of duty tomorrow night. The Nuggets can’t afford to get complacent with one big win because Utah is going to be watching and a consequential slide could be detrimental to the looming playoff picture. Snap back to save the weekend Nuggets, your playoff position depends on it.

3 comments:

nanananana said...

well Dr Jeckyle and Mr Hyde, this was a pathetic exabition of team work. Just don't understand why this team doesn't get after it.. but they don't. Let's see what happens in FL...come on nuggs!

PizzaDaHutt said...

I think they better get their shit together quick, 'cause here come the playoffs. From what I have been reading the Nuggs are the team that everyone is hoping to play in the playoffs. If that don't get your emotions going, nothing will.

Then again, the Nuggs might be in good position with the two best teams in the league at the 1 seed and the 4. They'll have to play eachother in the second round if there aren't any upsets. Leaving the Nuggs the Clippers, right?

Nugg Doctor said...

Pizza,

That is a possible scenario. However, I doubt that any team in the west, or the east for that matter, will just push the Nuggets around. They have already beaten the five best teams in the NBA at least once. That shows that they are a very dangerous ball club that no team should take lightly.